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Funding Opportunities

Our grants for scientists, specialists, policymakers, and community experts fuel new studies and real-world solutions on issues critical to coastal North Carolina. We also support fellowships that train graduate students to become the next-generation of scientists and leaders.

As the population of our state continues to grow and diversify, North Carolina Sea Grant’s relevance increasingly will rely on how well we embody diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility. As such, we strongly encourage proposals from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and/or from members of traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities, as well as from applicants whose projects and related outreach will benefit underserved and underrepresented communities.

Community Collaborative Research Grants

The CCRG requires the use of a collaborative research approach that couples the knowledge of community stakeholders with academic experts in the field to address priority issues that align with the missions and strategic plans of NC Sea Grant and the NC Water Resources Research Institute.

Community Engaged Internship for Undergraduates

The Community Engaged Internship is designed for undergraduate students from underrepresented and indigenous communities. The overarching goal of this internship program is to broaden participation in marine and coastal professions by providing training and mentorship to the next generation of scientists, decision makers and citizens.

Photo of three of the four CEI interns from 2022 plus Jane Harrison, all standing in front of a coastline
Three of the four CEI interns from 2022; from left to right: Michaela Abraham, Nykira Gibson, Jane Harrison, and Manny Valbuena